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fashionable feature :: style guide #1

So I just signed up for modepass – it’s pretty darn cool. If you don’t already have an account, you should definitely register! And be sure to add me as a friend when you do. You can find me at :: http://modepass.com/fashionnerd (my user name is, of course, fashionnerd). I re-wrote my advice from my previous post on achieving a menswear inspired look and posted it as an article on modepass; check it out and vote for it on my modepass profile. I also decided to re-post it here because, well, I’m kind of proud of it. 🙂

I’ve decided to make a new weekly feature post called “Style Guides”, where we’ll explore different trends and discuss how to construct them. Consider this the first installment! I hope you find it helpful… if you have any input (am I wrong somewhere? something you’d like to add? a question? anything!) please feel free to comment! In fact,  any feedback you have for me would be greatly appreciated. This is my first detailed style guide – I want to make sure it’s complete and make sure that my future guides are up to par! I will also post the week’s Style Guide in a separate page (found in the sidebar under “my closet”), so you can find it easily if you miss it. Style Guides will be posted every week, probably on Sundays.

Here goes. Enjoy, and let me know what you think when you’re done 🙂

fashion_nerdom style guide :: issue 1
inspired by menswear, styled for a woman

Nude wedges and a light colored blazer are a girl’s best friends for summer. Straw hats, loose blouses and tailored shorts are also among my new inner circle of lovelies.

Funny-Face

The menswear look is definitely my favorite; it’s loose and flowy and comfy, but still very chic and sexy. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to achieve and looks great on everyone. There are some basic guidelines to follow when attempting this style; but remember – they are guidelines, not rules. They may not work for everyone, and everyone may not agree on how I feel about certain things. The best thing to do is to take this information as advice and work your way up from there. Experiment, play around, and find out what works for you and your body and what you’re comfortable in. Nothing in fashion is ever set in stone!

How To Get There

(in a hurry? check the bottom of this post for the abbreviated version)

the top half
Blazers provide a menswear inspired look in and of themselves, so if you’re just dipping your toes and you’re not sure you want to go all the way, a blazer + men’s watch are your go-to pieces. I would definitely recommend that you pick a blazer that has some structure to it and is a little over-sized (think boyfriend fit). Strong shoulders are also very in right now – I like small shoulder pads in blazers. For summer and spring, choose a blazer in a light color, like white, peach, light pink, beige, etc. For fall and winter, slip into something a little darker, like black, charcoal, navy, etc.Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shortsgo all the way
For those of us who prefer to swim in the deep end, trousers or tailored shorts (extra points for pleats) and a fedora will fill in the rest of the blanks. Remember, though, the look should be inspired by menswear, not make you look like a man. In spring and summer, keep it feminine with light colors throughout the ensemble (think light neutrals & pastels), pretty jewelry (I like gold touches and pearls with this color scheme), and sweet accents (like a straw fedora, especially one adorned with flowers, and a cute-but-subtle purse). A delicate, ladylike blouse balances out the other menswear style pieces, and nude wedges are the perfect shoe for this look – sky high wedges scream “I’m a woman” without distracting from the rest of the look, and when worn in the nude make your legs seem impossibly long. Wedges also keep things from looking too businessy (I’d advise avoiding pumps for this reason). In the fall & winter, swap the nude colors for darker ones to keep with the season, but follow the rest of the rules for keeping things ladylike.

Nude-Wedgesadd ons

Regardless of your tactics for achieving this look, a men’s watch is a must. It may truly be the key piece for this particular style. Pile on some pearl necklaces, bangles and loads of cocktail rings to complete your accessorizing. Don’t overdo it – if you jingle when you move, take off a few items of jewelry before you leave the house. In the fall & winter (or if you simply want an edgier look), when you’re wearing darker colors, you may want to trade the pearls and gold for chains and studs in pewter and silver, depending on the rest of your ensemble.

Accessories

Choose a bag in that meshes well with the rest of your clothes. To many people view the purse as outside the outfit; on the contrary, especially when going for a menswear look, the purse is an integral part of your ensemble. A bag that clashes in any way (wrong colors, style, etc) can seriously break an outfit, while a bag that fits in seamlessly can make for an incredible ensemble. Small purses with long shoulder straps and clutches are very stylish right now, but the larger bags haven’t completely migrated off the fashion scene. Keep in mind though that larger bags tend to be more sensible for day time use, and small purses and clutches are more chic choices for evening outings.

Purse-&-Shoes

Hats are the perfect way to top off a menswear look; my favorite are fedoras. Hats can completely transform an outfit – into something amazing or something hideous. They can be incredibly tricky to style, as hats don’t flatter everyone universally. Finding the perfect one for you and your outfit may take some work, but it will be well worth the effort when you find it. Some general guidelines for your hat hunting mission:

  • If you’re using a spring/summer palette of light neutrals and pastels, try a straw fedora in a natural or cream shade.
  • Embellishments such as ribbons, flowers or bows can add a uniquely feminine twist to a traditionally male accessory.
  • In the colder months of fall and winter, when wearing darker colors, leave straw hats on the hook. Choose a fedora with a fun print, like pin stripes, leopard print, zebra print, etc.
  • If the rest of your outfit ventures closer to the darker end of the color spectrum, feel free to add a pop of color with your hat – just make sure that it doesn’t clash with your outfit or your hair. It sits right on top of your head, so if it clashes with your hair it will be hideously apparent. Be wary of this if you choose a funky color.
  • Try to choose a hat that is the same/is a similar color as one in the lower portion of your outfit. This will pull the look together; otherwise, it can look a bit random and out of place.

Hat-Necklace-Earrings

Further Notes

alterations
If you don’t have a blazer, you can instead opt for an oversized button down – add a tie for extra credit. Ties a little too much for you? Try a fun and unexpected twist on the idea, like a big bow (kinda like a bow tie, only better). If you don’t have one pre-made, DIY by wrapping a large ribbon under your collar as you would a tie, and tying it in a bow.

If you’re not comfortable in heels, or if they’re simply not practical for your day, switch to ballet flats (ones with bows or jewels will have the same effect as the wedges, but make sure they follow the same color scheme as the rest of your clothing). Even better, slip on some jazz oxford flats, like these from ThreadSence.com.

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

things to avoid
Don’t mix all three major players – blazer, oversized button down & tailored pants – as that could end up overpowering your womanly physique. Keep one or two items femme and play around with loose, boyfriend fits for the rest to create the perfect feminine menswear look. Some possible combos :: blazer + button down + skinny jeans; blazer + button down + leggings; blazer + ladylike blouse + tailored shorts; blazer + graphic tee + trousers… The possibilities are endless. Play around. Find what you like and work it.

empirical evidence
I was able to purchase an entire menswear styled look from Forever 21 for about $110… It is absolutely my favorite outfit. You can see it in the photo attached to this article, or in my previous blog entry :: femme it up. I constructed the look using a peachy-pink blazer from their Love21 line ($27.80), a lavender-gray sleeveless tunic ($17.80, sale $8.99), taupe tailored shorts w/pleats ($17.80), nude buckle wedges (sale, $14.99), a straw fedora w/cream silk flowers ($12.80), a cloth floral bangle (sale, $1.00) & a gold & turquoise ring ($3.00). I completed it with a 3-layer necklace (gold chain, cream ribbon & pearls adorned w/a flower of cream ribbon), gold hoop earrings with gold & cream beading, and some other cocktails rings that I acquired on a different shopping trip. Everything except for two of the rings was from Forever 21.
Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

so, to recap

  • A men’s style watch is the key accessory for achieving a menswear style look.
  • Structured, over sized blazers with small shoulder pads are a great way to add a menswear touch, without going all the way.
  • Add trousers or tailored shorts to your blazer for the full effect. Pleating on these items make them even better.
  • Let them know you’re a woman with a lady like blouse, jewelry & super tall wedges.
  • Think light neutrals & pastels in spring and summer; blacks, grays, dark browns & other dark colors for fall & winter.
  • Gold & pearls with ribbons & bows in spring & summer; studs & chains in pewter & silver for fall & winter.
  • Cocktails rings are a must.
  • Repeat after me :: My purse is an extension of my outfit.
  • Perfect fedora = outfit perfection
  • Avoid overkill; too much of any one thing (menswear pieces, bangles, cocktail rings, etc) will overpower the look.
  • Play around. Have fun. Experiment.

True fashion is learning to enjoy yourself and what you’re wearing, finding a look you love and wearing with with confidence.
Style is the art of self-creation.

(me)


femme it up

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Purse-&-Accessories

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Accessories

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Purse-&-Shoes

Hat-Necklace-Earrings

Pink-&-White-Purse-Inside

Nude-Wedges

Funny-Face

pink blazer :: $27.80 [Forever 21]; lavender-gray sleeveless tunic :: on sale, $8.99 [Forever 21]; taupe tailored shorts :: $17.80 [Forever 21];  nude buckle wedges :: clearance, $14.99 [Forever 21]; purse :: $17.80 [Forever 21]; straw flower fedora :: $12.80 [Forever 21]; floral cloth bangle :: clearance, $1.00 [Forever 21]; turquoise & gold ring :: clearance, $3.00 [Forever 21]; pearl & gold rings :: $3.80 [Forever 21]; necklace [Forever 21]; earrings [Forever 21]; gold & pink cameo ring [Bebe]; pink heart ring [Hard Candy]; watch [Rumours by JC Penney]

Nude wedges and a light colored blazer are a girl’s best friends for summer. Straw hats, loose blouses and tailored shorts are also among my new inner circle of lovelies.

The menswear look is definitely my favorite; it’s loose and flowy and comfy, but still very chic and sexy. Blazers provide a menswear inspired look in and of themselves, so if you’re just dipping your toes and you’re not sure you want to go all the way, a blazer + men’s watch are your go-to pieces. For those of us who prefer the deep end, trousers or tailored shorts (extra points for pleats) and a fedora will fill in the rest of the blanks. Remember, though, the look should be inspired by menswear, not make you look like a man. Keep it feminine with light colors throughout the ensemble (think light neutrals & pastels), pretty jewelry (I like gold touches and pearls with this color scheme), and sweet accents (like a straw fedora, especially one adorned with flowers, and a cute-but-subtle purse). A delicate, ladylike blouse balances out the other menswear style pieces, and nude wedges are the perfect shoe for this look – sky high wedges scream “I’m a woman” without distracting from the rest of the look, and when worn in the nude make your legs seem impossibly long.

My new outfit is fantastic… I am seriously in love with it. The bottom photo is my favorite, even though I’m making a funny face. I was trying to think of a new pose when Travis decided to snap a picture without warning me, and surprisingly it turned out really cute. As you can see, basically everything, except a couple rings, is from Forever 21… Excluding the rings not from Forever 21, the necklace & earrings (which I got from F21 on a different shopping trip) this outfit cost $112 – which is actually pretty damn good considering how much I got and how awesome it is. I did pick up a lovely necklace for just $2 that would match this outfit perfectly, but I don’t think I have any earrings that would really match it:

Pink-&-Cream-Wood-Bead-NecklaceAny thoughts on the matter?

I went to the mall again yesterday, with my little-sister-in-law, and picked up an incredibly comfy black floral sweatshirt for $7.99. I’ve already decided what I’m wearing with it, I just need a reason to put it on.There was also a sheer high-neck black blouse with ruffles that I really wanted for $4.99… but I would have also had to get a lacy black bra to go with it, and Travis will shoot me if I spend any more money. I bought her a gorgeous black dress to wear to her sister’s graduation, and also a purple wide belt that she’s been wanting for ages. She said I’m her favorite sister 😀 We also checked out a local thrift shop, where I picked up a new jewelry box for just $8:

Jewelry-Box

Jewelry-Box

The lock on it is broken, but everything else works just fine and it’s absolutely perfect. Would you believe this is not even close to all of my jewelry? There is a coffee table in my bedroom that is literally a shrine to jewelry and the boxes that contain them. I have a total of four wooden jewelry boxes (including this new one), a small painted one, two pop-top plastic totes (you can see the edges of them on the left of the photo), and a stack of three RubberMaid drawers – all completely full of jewelry. I spent at least two hours organizing my jewelry last night, and I’m only about halfway done. If there is such a thing as too much jewelry, I may have attained it…

Travis decided yesterday to postpone our date (something with his stupid video game…. whatever), and he wants to go tonight but I don’t really feel like doing much of anything today. My nose is killing me – I’m having all kinds of trouble with my sinuses since we move down here – and I’m really, really tired. I think I would rather go tomorrow. But I do love me some Robert Downey Jr…….

The ThreadSence winner announcement is forthcoming. It will be up by the end of the night… So sorry for the delay. My life has been crazy this week. But I do have some really awesome stuff planned for my blog over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!


honey, I’m home

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

teal l/s shirt :: Forever 21; black vest :: Forever 21; wide black belt :: Forever 21; jeans :: ReRock by Express; necklace :: Forever 21; watch :: Rumors @ JC Penney; earrings :: Charlotte Russe; black pumps :: vintage; pink & gold cameo ring :: Bebe; gold & pearl rings :: Forever 21

Summertime does not mean you must leave layering behind; it simply means you must adjust your tactics! I paired this loose, light knit vest with a long sleeved thin tee – the perfect combo for this time of year, when it’s not quite hot but not quite cold. Later in the summer, when things really start to heat up and it’s too hot for sleeves, I will trade in this tee for a short sleeve version in a fun color, and swap the long jeans for some cute distressed denim shorts. A knit vest such as this allows you to enjoy the layered look without boiling yourself to death in the summer heat.

A wide belt cinched around your middle provides a figure when wearing a loose outer layer. You can wear the belt over the vest to keep things close together, or underneath it, allowing the vest to hang free while still showing off those gorgeous curves. Keep it simple with a solid color that matches your vest, jazz things up with something sequined or sparkly, or add a little bad girl to the ensemble with studs  or chains. Whatever style of belt you choose, try to keep the main color of the belt the same as your vest. IMO, this pulls the look together nicely – especially if this matches your shoes/bag. Go wild with your shirt, and keep everything else related for a polished but fun look.

Things seem to finally be leveling out for me, and I promise I will be updating regularly again from this point forward. I’m considering setting a specific time frame every day that’s completely devoted to this blog. Honestly, I don’t see how that would be too difficult, considering that I don’t really do much of anything most days.

I have been getting out a lot more the last few days. I went to the mall today! I didn’t even make it out of Forever 21 though… What can I say??? I LOVE that store. I bought an entire new outfit for about $100! I really shouldn’t have spent so much, but considering what I got and how much I love it, I don’t regret it too much. I will definitely post pictures tomorrow night! Travis is taking me on a date and I’m going to wear my awesome new outfit for it 🙂

Tomorrow, Travis is taking me to see Iron Man 2, and we’re going to the mall again. I went by myself today, it was nice to get out and have some “me” time. I’m actually really glad I got to go by myself today. He normally loathes going to the mall, but I am insisting that he buys new clothes now that we have some money… He only has one pair of jeans that doesn’t have holes in the knees, and he could definitely use a few more shirts. So I’m dragging him down there tomorrow afternoon, and I plan to explore the rest of the mall as well.

I might be visiting home next week, probably from the 1st to the 5th. If I end up going, posting will prolly be sporadic again. I want to go, to see my family… but it would be really nice to have the house to ourselves for the week. I miss my daddy, but I also miss living on my own. If it were only for a couple of days I would probably go, but it’s almost the entire week – we would be staying at Travis’s mom’s house, without my laptop and without my car, and all of my friends live at least an hour away. I think I would be bored stiff. It could give me a chance to catch up on my reading, but I would also have zero privacy. Whereas, if we stay here, we’d have the house all to ourselves for five days…. I dunno. I hate making decisions.

Again, I’m sorry for the inconsistency in my posting lately. I want you all to know that I do read and very much appreciate every comment left here, even if I don’t answer you immediately. And I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway – I will post the winner tomorrow! 🙂 I’m even gonna be super nice and let you enter until noon PST tomorrow (Thursday, May 27th). I’ll post the winner sometime after that!


it’s been a long week – and it’s only tuesday

Okay, so I really fail at updating my blog over the last week. Things have been crazy. Sorry blog and blog friends 😦

Travis and I had a hunormous fight the other night that very nearly ended in me walking the 600 miles home. It was a bad one. And while I understand his point of view, the argument only happened due to his inability to understand my point of view, despite how many times I have explained myself. And it’s really starting to piss me off. He has a tendency to be extremely inconsiderate and insensitive sometimes over certain issues and it causes a lot of stress for our relationship. There are only two things we ever argue about: sex and money. UGH – Men! But, we’ve worked it out (for the time being, at least), and both agreed to work on our parts of the deal. I think we can fix it… we just have to try a little harder than we have been.

So then, Vince (my cat) went missing for an entire day – I worry entirely too much about my cats. A couple hours I could handle, but he went missing about noon and wasn’t home by midnight when I went to bed. I was skeered, to say the least. Travis went out to check the door at about 4:30 a.m. and found him – in the garage, that we’d torn apart and checked 4 times already. Damn cat.

And then my mom told me she can’t hold up her end of the financial arrangement we made with her this month, which put us in a tight spot for our end of the month obligations. We did get Travis’s 401k check today (thank God), but all of the banks wanted to hold it for at least 5 days, and we have something we must pay on Friday, so we had to pay $80 just to cash the damn thing.

I did get to do a little shopping today though, and I will finally be able to organize my clothes, set up my closet and get my bedroom together. Plus, we’re going to the mall tomorrow – yay!!!

We went to Wal-Mart to obtain some caffeine, and I decided to check the clearance section again, just for kicks and giggles, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been desperately searching for a denim button up, and I snagged a Miley Cyrus destroyed denim shirt for $7!!! I also picked up an L.E.I. yellow & brown & white plaid button up shirt dress for $7. How sweet is that? 🙂 There was a pair of shorts I strongly considered getting… They were white with a floral pattern. They came in two colors: blue or red, and both had a little yellow mixed throughout them. They were only $5… I’m going to the mall tomorrow, and if I don’t find something I like better, I might go back for them. I’m not sure. We’ll see.

But I am super excited about the denim shirt 😀

I do have some outfit photos to share, so I will be back with those either later tonight or tomorrow sometime. I finally got my sleeping schedule fixed, so I function mostly during the day now. Hopefully I can maintain this trend!

In the meantime though, I have a question. Remember the camo pants I wore in this outfit:
White button up & camo pants

Well, that day was actually the first day I’d worn those pants in, well, years. They’re not skinnies, so they’re kind of a pain in the ass to wear with boots, but they are really cute in this outfit. I’m considering cutting them off into shorts, and I think I would wear them a lot more often that way. Plus, that way I get more wear out of them in the summer while the military/desert trend is still hot. What do you kids think?


ThreadSence wish list

Fashion Nerd Giveaways

This is how completely indecisive I am, especially when it comes to buying clothes. I frequently spend hours in stores, anguishing over what to buy. You remember the $25 gift certificate I won from Delightfully Tacky? Well, I was able to narrow my ThreadSence wishlist down to exactly 13 items. Yeah, I know, I’m pathetic. BUT, I do plan to buy two items. They have free shipping on orders over $50, and I’m already halfway there with the gift certificate (checked the offer and it doesn’t say they don’t count), so I figure, why not???

SO, I am in desperate need of your help!!! Which item(s) should I purchase????? Please, please, PLEASE leave me a comment or somehow drop me a line letting me know what you think I should get. I’ve included the link with each item in case you want to go to it’s page for more details about it. I seriously fear that I may remain frozen in indecision if I don’t get some help!

BONUS :: I am even going to give you gals some incentive (read: I’m going to bribe you for it) – provided I get a minimum of 5 responses to this post, I am going to turn this into my own little ThreadSence giveaway! To keep things interesting, I’m not going to tell you what it is right off the bat – I will tell you it’s (probably) from the jewelry category, and the more entries there are, the better it will be!* I’ll be ordering the prize at the same time that I place my order, and at that time I will reveal what it is. Sound good??? Great! The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59PM PST (California) time on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, and I will most likely be placing my order on the 26th or 27th.

To enter :: **

  • For your first ticket (entry) into this contest, you must comment on this post with your first & second choices from my wish list below. Remember to include your name, email & your own link (if you have one. if you don’t feel comfortable commenting publicly, email me at fashion.nerdom@gmail.com). This one is mandatory for initial entry into the giveaway.
  • YOU MAY….Get another ticket by following me on Twitter and mentioning the giveaway in a tweet. My user name is fashion_nerd13. Once you have done this, leave me another comment here on this post with a link to your Twitter page.
  • OR….Get another ticket by Following my blog with Bloglovin’, using the link at the side under “as seen on” labeled “Follow my blog on Bloglovin'”, or by clicking on the Bloglovin’ button at the bottom of this post. Once you’ve don’t that, be sure to leave another comment on this post to let me know!
  • OR…. Get another ticket by mentioning & linking this giveaway in a post on your own blog. Once you have done so, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post!
  • OR…. Get another ticket by “liking” my new Facebook page, and posting a comment there. No need to come back and post one here if you do that – the comment on Facebook will suffice!

There are a max of three tickets per person. Everyone must comment with their advice on which items I should purchase in order to gain entry into the giveaway – the others are purely optional (but would be greatly appreciated!), and you can choose which (if any) you do for your second and third tickets. Remember, all entries must be posted by 11:59PM PST (California) time on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Anything after that time will not be counted. The winner will be randomly selected and posted on May 26th.

Even if you are not entering the contest, you should like my new Facebook page anyway, because you’re my friend and you love me and I’m awesome 🙂

Here are the contestants for my purchase. Choose two, label them in your comment as your first & second choice, and make sure to leave your contact info as well! And thanks in advance for your advice! 🙂

Zig Zag Zipper Tee $37.00

Zig Zag Zipper Tee $37.00

http://www.threadsence.com/zig-zag-zipper-tee-p-1338.html

Twist Racerback Tank $33.00

Twist Racerback Tank $33.00

http://www.threadsence.com/twist-racerback-tank-p-1530.html

Slouch Pocket Skirt $23.00

Slouch Pocket Skirt $23.00

http://www.threadsence.com/slouch-pocket-skirt-p-1286.html

Ravens Sleeveless Boatneck Top by Fluffyco $34.00

Ravens Sleeveless Boatneck Top by Fluffyco $34.00

http://www.threadsence.com/ravens-sleeveless-boatneck-top-by-fluffyco-p-1566.html

Racerback Tank with Plaid Pockets $30.00

Racerback Tank with Plaid Pockets $30.00

http://www.threadsence.com/racerback-tank-with-plaid-pockets-p-1306.html

Racerback Tank Dress $29.00

Racerback Tank Dress $29.00

http://www.threadsence.com/racerback-tank-dress-p-1370.html

Oversized L/S Top $34.00

Oversized L/S Top $34.00

http://www.threadsence.com/oversized-ls-top-p-1147.html

Long Fitted Vest $27.00

Long Fitted Vest $27.00

http://www.threadsence.com/long-fitted-vest-p-1169.html

Lamixx Pullover Oversized Sweater $42.00

Lamixx Pullover Oversized Sweater $42.00

http://www.threadsence.com/lamixx-pullover-oversized-sweater-p-1327.html

Knitted Floral Tiered Dress $36.00

Knitted Floral Tiered Dress $36.00

http://www.threadsence.com/knitted-floral-tiered-dress-p-1334.html

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

http://www.threadsence.com/jazz-oxford-shoes-p-1610.html

Floral Slouch Pocket Skirt $30.00

Floral Slouch Pocket Skirt $30.00

http://www.threadsence.com/floral-slouch-pocket-skirt-p-1572.html

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00

http://www.threadsence.com/espresso-cross-body-satchel-p-1611.html

*By entries, I mean unique people entered in the contest
**If you claim more than one ticket (i.e. Twitter) I will verify it by checking your the appropriate link. If you fail to provide a link to your page, the ticket won’t count; if you say you do something and you don’t, you will be _completely_ disqualified from the giveaway. Sorry!
*** MAXIMUM of three tickets per person.

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i ♥ Express

GUESS WHAT?!?! I have some fantastic news!

Went shopping today. Which is always a mistake, because I either a) spend lots of money, then regret it and get really depressed; or b) don’t spend any money and get really depressed because I can’t have the things I want. Either way, it almost always leads to depression, sadness and arguments with T.

Today, I was definitely depressed about not being able to get all of the stuff that I wanted. There was a denim button up shirt at Express that I want DESPERATELY, but it’s $59.50 and I *definitely* don’t have that much money.

However – and here comes the fantastic part of the day – they were having a really great clearance sale that happened to include a bunch of jeans. I snagged a pair of jeans that are regularly $98.00 for $22!!!! How genius is that?!? I’m a little excited… I’ve always lusted after Express jeans but T has never allowed me to splurge on them. He was pretty pissed that I even got these ones… but I decided since I’m the one working for the moment, I get a little treat. Yay me 🙂 I also got a white racer back tank from Forever 21 for $4.50. Not a huge haul, but a good one.

I’m not going to buy any more clothes until we get to CA. I want to see what’s going on there before I invest too much in Utah fashions. Obviously I will stick to stuff I like and I’m comfy in, but I also don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. I’ll get my paycheck from this job around May 5th, and I think I’m going to take $50 or so of that pay check and summer-ize my wardrobe. Who knows??? Maybe I will indulge myself in the denim shirt from Express! I’m also going to clean out my closet in the next couple of days and take everything I don’t wear down to Plato’s Closet and sell it off.

Today was also the first day I used my new purse… it was perfect for shopping! I love my Bebe purse, but it’s huge and it’s a pain in the ass when I’m shopping. This tiny little purse from Vanity was easy to keep track of, but didn’t get in my way while I was browsing. I am definitely a huge fan of the small shoulder bag now!

It was a really nice day, too. I was able to wear my new shorts for the first time today. My legs are so white! I went to the Gateway (the outdoor mall), so I’m hoping that I got at least a little bit of color. I don’t want to be super tan, but I’m tired of looking like a ghost.

Anyway, I’ll definitely post pictures tomorrow. I’m so psyched about my new jeans! Hope everyone else had a good Saturday!


new acquisitions

Today was a busy day… went to the donation center, went grocery shopping, then to the mall! T bought me some fabulous new things that I took some photos of them for you:

[destroyed denim shorts: vanity, $24.80; studded purse: vanity, $19.80, on sale for $4.99]

I *love* these… already planning my outfit for them! I’m thinking white tee, shorts, purse, and either colorful sandals (which I still need to acquire) or my black wedges. I’m REALLY hoping it will be warm enough to wear this outfit sometime soon, but I’m pretty sure it’s only going to be in the 60s for the next week, and it’s supposed to storm Monday and Tuesday 😦 sad panda…

If I can locate $8, I can go back and get the black lacy dress they are holding for me till Monday… I want it so freaking badly! It’s really cute, and it looks great on me. It’s hard for me to find clothes that I really like on me, so when I do I get really excited – especially when they’re on sale for super cheap. I really hope I can scrounge up the $8!

I love Vanity’s clothes. It’s rare for me to walk into a store and want everything I see. I’m kind of picky about what I wear, so normally I have to search for a minute to find the perfect outfit. Vanity is a completely different story – I wanted to cry when I walked in there today because I wanted to buy the entire store! I LOVE their clothes! Their clothes are always so much fun, the right amount of casual, mixed with the right amount of cute, the right amount of sexy and the perfect amount of comfort! Many of their shirts and tees are perfect for layering, and they always have the cutest accessories. One of my favorite things about Vanity is that they always have cute belts on clearance for ridiculously cheap, and in my experience their clothes actually last a while. They’re pretty decent quality, and even the ones that aren’t on sale or clearance are fairly reasonable price. My only complaint is that sometimes it seems like the neck holes on their basic tees are a little too tight… Maybe I just have a giant head, but it’s hard to get my head through them! I still love them though, and other than that they always fit perfectly.

Acquired some new nail polish today, and I will post some photos of those results later tonight or tomorrow. I rarely paint my nails, but when I do, I typically go for dark colors (black, dark red, purple, etc). Today I decided to go for something different, and chose some colors that are bright and cheery. I got a bright yellow (#10 Lightening, Sally Hanson Insta-Dri, $4.50) and a hot pink (#14 Flashy Fuchsia, Sally Hanson Insta Dri, $4.50). I’m really excited about them! Normally I try to match my fingers to my toes, but I’m thinking it could be cute to do the yellow on my finger nails and the pink on my toes. The bottles are sitting next to each other now and they look awesome together!

Lightening & Flashy Fuschia Polish

Sally Hanson Insta-Dri Nail Polish in #10 Lightening & #14 Flashy Fuschia

And if you’re like me at all, and you never paint your nails because you’re to busy to wait for them to dry, you must try Sally Hanson Insta-Dri nail polish. It dries ridiculously fast. It’s made my life so much easier! It’s pretty rare that I use something else, but once I’m able to get a wider range of colors in the Insta-Dri family, I will probably donate all of my other polish to my friends. I’ve got better things to do with my time, I don’t want to waste any of it sitting around waiting for my damn nail polish to dry!

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